Just the one change for the Albion as Robbie Weir served his first match suspension of three. In came Calum Butcher to replace him.
Oldham kept the ball very well in the middle of the park but when it came to entering the 18 yard box, they couldn't find the end product. Philliskirk lined up a left-footed shot from 20 yards which took a deflection of Poleon and crept just wide.
GOAL: Totally against the run of play, Nasser El Khayati put the Albion ahead! Naylor pressed high, won the ball to put Duffy in an advanced position who picked out El Khayati in behind the Oldham defence before calmly slotting past Cornell.
The game plan for the Brewers was to find Thiele in behind the defence which they were doing brilliantly but on several occasions, the forward was forced wide, the German was on top form despite not finding the net.
McLaughlin kept the Brewers level tremendously as Dummigan crossed into the box for Fulton who sent a looping header towards goal but the Albion stopper leaped back and just tipped it over the bar.
The game was injected with a bit of life towards the latter stages as some tasty tackles were thrown about and mistakes were made but it was the Brewers who went into the break ahead by one goal to nil.
HT: Oldham Athletic 0-1 Burton Albion.
The Albion made a change at the break. Cansdell-Sherriff made way for Flanagan for a straight swap. The No.30 makes his league debut.
Tom Naylor soon picked up his 5th yellow card of the second which means he will miss Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Peterborough United.
Mills picked up the ball down the right and provided a great cross for Poleon but his header was watched wide by McLaughlin.
Veteran striker Ricardo Fuller replaced Jay Fulton midway into the second half to try and add another dimension to their attack.
Poleon again the danger man for the Latics as he forced McLaughlin into another great save from range tipping the ball round the post.
Yeates nearly levelled for the home side as her aced through on goal but dragged his shot wide of McLaughlin's left post.
A lot of pressure from the home side wasn't enough as the Albion defended brilliantly to hold out for a well fought victory.
FT: Oldham Athletic 0-1 Burton Albion.
Attendance: 3,795 (297 away)
Ash's man of the match: Jon McLaughlin